POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE
CAGLA CARES: Driving Political Change for Cancer Care in Louisiana
CAGLA CARES is a 527 organization dedicated to drive CAGLA’s mission forward within the political landscape. As a political action committee (PAC) in the state of Louisiana, our primary mandate involves fostering decisive policy changes and supporting candidates who are committed to revolutionizing cancer care in our state. While operating as a seperate legal entity from the Cancer Advocacy Group of Louisiana, we ensure our endeavors are perfectly aligned with CAGLA’s vision.
All donations made through this website our in support of the CAGLA CARES PAC.
CAGLA CARES’ PURPOSE
Legislation for Enhanced Cancer Care in Louisiana & Beyond
CAGLA CARES operates with a singular, compelling purpose — to ensure that Louisiana’s policy makers champion the needs of all cancer patients. Our unwavering commitment is centered around influencing the election of officials who are steadfast in their dedication to innovative cancer care, aiming to make quality care and cutting-edge therapies accessible for all.
By supporting candidates whose vision aligns with ours, we aspire to transform not only Louisiana’s healthcare landscape but also to pave the way for nationwide policy changes, serving as a template for the federal level. Through this, we strive to usher in a future where every cancer patient in our state, and beyond, receives the care they deserve.
Louisiana’s Cancer Crisis & the Truth of “Cancer Alley”
The grim reality of the cancer crisis in Louisiana underscores the urgency of our work. Our state tragically ranks in the top-10 nationally for cancer mortality in the U.S. — a statistic we’re determined to change.
According to the CDC/National Center for Health Statistics, in 2021, Louisiana had the eighth-highest all cancer mortality rate in the nation, with 163.9 per 100,000 Louisianans dying from the disease annually.
An additional and deeply concerning dimension to Louisiana’s cancer crisis is the existence of “Cancer Alley”, a region along the Mississippi River between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. This 85-mile industrial corridor, which hosts more than 150 petrochemical plants and refineries, has for decades been linked to heightened cancer rates in its surrounding communities.
A recent study from Tulane University’s Environmental Law Clinic has offered a devastating perspective on this public health crisis. The research found that for individuals living in Cancer Alley, the lifetime cancer risk is nearly 50 times the national average. Residents in this region face a lifetime risk of cancer due to air pollution that is almost 800 times higher than what the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) deems “acceptable.”
These disturbing facts demand immediate and decisive action. The complexity of Louisiana’s cancer crisis cannot be overstated, with causes ranging from environmental exposure to industry pollutants to gaps in access to quality healthcare. It is this stark reality that drives the mission of CAGLA CARES, urging us to advocate for comprehensive policy changes, support candidates committed to health equity and innovative cancer care, and tirelessly work towards a healthier Louisiana.
Representative John Ilg, Representative Laura Schlegal , Judge Scott Schlegal, and Senator Kirk Talbot.
Louisiana Senator Gary Carter & CAGLA President Chadwick Landry
Al Copeland Jr, Liz Copeland, Mike Michot, Senator Royce Duplesis, Nic Walts, Rich Mauti, Chad Landry
CAGLA CARES’ MISSION
Advancing Lifesaving Policy Changes in Cancer Care
Our mission at CAGLA CARES is clear: support candidates dedicated to reshaping cancer care in Louisiana. We aim to save lives and endorse officials who share our vision of a healthier Louisiana. Our supported candidates are committed to reducing our state’s staggering mortality rates associated with numerous cancers, backed by compelling evidence.
Chadwick Landry, Representative Cedric Glover, Dr. Mary Maluccio
MAKE A DIFFERENCE TODAY
The fight against cancer is a shared responsibility. Let’s rally together, support officials who prioritize cancer patients, and work towards a healthier Louisiana. Donate to CAGLA CARES and make a real, lasting difference in our state’s cancer care.
6th of December, 2023, New Orleans, Louisiana — CAGLA’s Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) is comprised of some of the top healthcare providers from across Louisiana. Our SAB members provide strategic guidance...
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Each donation strengthens our efforts towards innovative legislation, advanced cancer research, and enhanced patient care. Back our cause, help us realize a cancer-free Louisiana.